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| SEPTEMBER
2011
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ASSOCIATION OF UNIFIED TELECOM


SERVICE PROVIDERS OF INDIA

[B601,GAURISADAN,5HAILEYROAD,NEWDELHI110001]
EMAIL:AUSPI@AUSPI.IN|WWW.AUSPI.IN

ASSOCIATION OF UNIFIED TELECOM SERVICE PROVIDERS OF INDIA

I.

AUSPI

TRAI CONSULTATION PAPER/ LETTERS


A. On 27th September 2011, TRAI issued a
direction regarding exemption from the limit
of one hundred SMS per SIM per day for noncommercial communications categories as
follwos:-

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b. e-ticketing agencies for responding to eticketing request made by its customers.

TRAI CONSULTATION PAPER/ LETTERS

c.

TRAI MEETING

DOT LETTERS

DOT MEETINGS

AUSPI LETTERS

JOINT INDUSTRY LETTERS

MEETINGS

UPCOMING EVENTS

TELECOM BYTES

B.

Madhav Joshi and Vice President

On 23rd September 2011, TRAI has placed on


its website a notification of extension of time
to receive comments on Consultation Paper
IMT-Advanced Mobile Wireless Broadband
Services.
TRAI has extended the last date for submission
of written Comments by stakeholder upto 31st
October 2011 and for counter comments upto
7th November, 2011.

We Welcome our New President Mr.

Mr. Amit Mathur.

The social networking sites - Facebook,


Twitter, Orkut, LinkedIn and GooglePlus to
its members pertaining to activities
relating to their accounts based on their
verifiable options.

d. Agencies providing directory services


Justdial, Zatse, Callezee, Getit and Askme

Dealers of the Telecom Service Providers


and DTH Operators for sending request for
electronic recharge on mobile numbers;

C. TRAI vide letter no. 402-21/2010-FN dated 16th


September 2011 reminded the Association
that their Member Service Providers have not
submitted the CDRs to TRAI in Carriage Charge
matter in compliance to Supreme Court order
of 30.08.2010.
TRAI has requested the
Association to remind their Members to to
submit their respective CDRs to TRAI by
23.09.2011.
D. On 5th September 2011, TRAI issued
notification in connection with UCC Regulation
[The Telecom Commercial Communications
Customer Preference (sixth amendment)
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Regulations, 2011 (5 of 2011)] After the


allocation of 140 series for the fixed line
numbers by DOT, now TRAI has issued this
notification which is being implemented from
27th September 2011.
II. TRAI MEETING
A. TRAI Regional Workshop on Consumer
Education in Telecommunication for Eastern
Region was held on 23rd September 2011 at
Ranchi.

B.

On 21st September 2011, a Meeting under the


Chairmanship of Advisor (QoS) was held on
establishment of web based complaint
tracking system by service providers i.e. TSPs
have to have a mechanism on web based
system for tracking of complaints registered by
the Consumers in their CRM.

III. THE TELECOM COMMERCIAL


COMMUNICATIONS CUSTOMER PREFERENCE
REGULATIONS
TRAI Regulation The Telecom Commercial
Communications
Customer
Preference
Regulations effective from 27th September,
2011.

Honble Minister of Communications & IT Shri.


Kapil Sibal was the Chief Guest. Shri. Sachin
Pilot, Honble Minister of State for
Communications & IT and Shri. Milind Deora,
Honble Minister of State for Communications
& IT was the Guest of Honour.

TRAI has prescribed a limit of 100 SMS per day


per SIM for all the customers

The limit of 100 SMS does not apply to the


Transaction messages like from a bank to its
customers or from Airlines to its passengers,
and likewise from the schools to the students/
parents.

The time restriction of 9 pm to 9 am does not


relate to the transactional messages which can
be sent at any time.

In order to address the genuine requirements


of customers, TRAI has issued a Direction on
27th September 2011 exempting certain
categories from the limit of 100 SMS per day.
These are agents of telecom

Service providers for sending electronic


recharge messages, e-ticketing agencies,
certain social networking sites and certain
Directory services. It is open to the Authority
to notify further categories, as and when
warranted.

C. TRAI Workshop on Cloud Computing was held


on 15th & 16th September 2011 at Hyderabad.

D. TRAI meeting to discuss "Development of MIS


Application Software for Online data collection
and report generation on turnkey basis was
held on 14th September 2011 at Conference
Room, TRAI.
E.

F.

The Secretary General, AUSPI and DG COAI


had a meeting with Chairman TRAI on 14th
September 2011 in connection with two Draft
Regulations (i) The Telecom Consumers
Complaint Redressal Regulations, 2011 and
(ii)Telecom Consumers Protection Regulations,
2011.
TRAI
APT
Workshop
on
Regulatory
Framework
for
emerging
Telecom
Environment" was held on 6th - 8th September
2011 at Hotel Shangri La, New Delhi.

IV. DOT LETTERS


A. On 7th September 2011, DOT through an email
requested the TSPs to submit the data of SP
Codes currently used by them.
B.

On 19th September 2011, DOT vide letter


No.800-25/2010-VAS, in response to ACT
Letter in connection with amendment to the
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license agreement regarding enhancement of


LI capacity, stated that they have not agreed to
the suggestions and requested licensees to
make
necessary
arrangements
for
implementation of the requirement.
C. On 7th September 2011, DOT through an email
requested comments with reference to the
recent license amendment of 31.05.2011
regarding security related concerns. The mail
gives details of compliance required for
various amendment in the license.
D. On 6th September 2011, DOT vide letter
No.800-33/2010-VAS issued Instructions to
service providers on Disaster Resistant Building
and Towers for communication services. DOT
has also requested comments from TSPs
regarding self certification and sample audit
for framing suitable Guidelines on Disaster
Resistant Telecom Building with special
reference to earthquake and cyclone.
V. DOT MEETINGS
A. 15th meeting of NWG-05 was held on 27th
September 2011 in TEC.
B.

DCC meeting of Switching Division to discuss


TEC Drafts GRs/IRs was held on 27th
September 2011 in TEC.

Persons with Disabilities in Rural India was held


on 7th September 2011 in Vigyan Bhawan.
H. TEC Sub-committee Meeting for discussion on
draft requirement on Certificate of Approval
(CoA) of Mobile handset was held on 1st
September 2011 in TEC.
VI. AUSPI LETTERS
A. On 28th September 2011, AUSPI submitted a
letter to Honble MoC&IT on Special Audit
Report, since no response was forthcoming on
our letter of 14th September 2011 addressed
to Secretary (T), the issues relating special
audit was again taken up with the MOC & IT
reiterating the points already raised by AUSPI
in its earlier submission.
B.

C. On 26th September 2011, AUSPI


letter to DOT regarding DOTs
levying uniform license fee for
service licenses which would
registered organizations.

E.

F.

DOT meeting w.r.t Working Party 5D Study


Group-5 (ITU-R) meeting was held on 14th
September 2011 in Sanchar Bhawan.
DOT meeting to deliberate on the Security
Issues while implementing IPv6 was held on 8th
September 2011 in Sanchar Bhawan.

D. On 26th September 2011, AUSPI furnished


comments to TRAI on some issues relating to
the process for MNP porting of enterprise/
bulk connections.
E.

On 21st September 2011, AUSPI submitted a


letter to TRAI in reply to TRAIs letter seeking
compliance of Telecom Service Providers on
TRAI Direction on Value Added Services of 4th
July 2011.

G. USOF meeting on the Pilot Project Scheme for


Access to ICTs & ICT Enabled Services for

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submitted a
proposal of
all telecom
include IP-I

AUSPI requested DOT that UASL, CMTS and


other service providers may be permitted to
deduct charges paid to IP I operators for
passive infrastructure from Gross revenue for
computing AGR for the purpose of license fee,
spectrum usage charges, microwave charges
and all other AGR based payments.

C. Meeting of Service Providers /Content


Providers to review the progress of IPv6
Implementation NGN was held on 20th
September 2011 in Sanchar Bhawan.
D. TEC's
Manufacturers
Forum
meeting
concerning Certificates of Approval for mobile
handset was held on 16th September 2011.

On 27th September 2011, AUSPI furnished the


required information sought by TRAI for reexamining port charges since it was last
amended on 1.4.2007.

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ASSOCIATION OF UNIFIED TELECOM SERVICE PROVIDERS OF INDIA

AUSPI stated that:

and counter comments by 7th November,


2011.

a) Our members are in compliance with 9(ii). As


required they are informing the customer the
due date for renewal of service, the charges for
renewal and toll free telephone number for
unsubscribing the VAS. Such information is
sent through SMS at least 3 days before the
due date for renewal of service.
b) With regard to 9 (iii), we wish to submit that
our members are not following negative
charging leading to depletion in balance. Our
members are hence in compliance with this
clause.
c)

F.

With regard to 9(i), AUSPI stated that process


of implementing the directive our members
have run into several customer and technical
issues which we would like to bring to your
attention for resolution. Additionally, there
have been several rounds of discussions on the
modalities to incorporate the changes in our
current infrastructure which would also engage
the complete VAS eco system, up gradation of
Service Providers current systems.

H. On 14th September 2011, AUSPI submitted a


letter to Secretary (T), DOT on Special Audit
Report. AUSPI requested DOT that pending
final judgment of Honble Supreme Court
DOT may not raise any additional demands of
license fee and spectrum charges based on
special audit findings as these would be
subject to the judgment of Honble Supreme
Court.
I.

AUSPI effectively defended the allegations


raised by these lobbies through this letter and
requested DoT to reject any proposal to levy
spectrum usage charges on the combined
GSM & CDMA spectrum.
J.

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On 20 September 2011, AUSPI submitted a


letter to Secretary (T), DOT on LD charges
against rollout obligation under UAS License
for CDMA based Cellular Services.

the LD charges of rollout if at all must take


into consideration of all SACFA delays and
should be calculated after following the
10th February 2009 amendment in letter
and spirit.

K. On 13th September 2011, AUSPI submitted a


letter to Member (T) seeking some
clarifications on the guidelines issued by DOT
in 2008 on infrastructure sharing.

b. Treat date of receipt of application for


testing by TEC as the date of registration.
G. On 16th September 2011, AUSPI submitted a
letter to TRAI for deferment of timing of the
consultation process on IMT-Advanced
technologies as the new telecom policy and
decision of the WRC -2012 are yet to come.
On our request, TRAI has finally extended date
of submission of response by 31st October

On 13th September 2011, AUSPI submitted a


letter to Chairman TRAI regarding Poor
network coverage at T3, Indira Gandhi
International Airport.
AUSPI requested TRAI to urgently intervene
and direct WAISL, to follow TRAI Regulations
on QoS and provide adequate network
coverage in T3.

AUSPI requested that


a.

On 13th September 2011, AUSPI submitted a


letter to Secretary (T) as a rebuttal to the
allegations raised by some vested interest that
the spectrum holdings for CDMA and GSM
streams should be combined for the purpose
of payment of spectrum usage charges.

AUSPI sought clarification as to whether


service providers can go ahead with sharing
active infrastructure with other service
providers without amendment to their existing
UASL and in case amendment is required, the
same may kindly issued.
L.

On 12th September 2011, AUSPI submitted a


letter to Secretary (T) seeking clarifications on
compliance required by DOT on EMF radiation
as well as the provision of proper signage.

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AUSPI requested the government not to take


harsh
view
on
the
supplementary
requirements. It was also requested that no
penalty may be prescribed in case service
providers are not able to meet supplementary
requirements and thereafter penalty amount
may be reviewed in consultation with the
stakeholders.
VII. JOINT INDUSTRY LETTERS

by private operators at LDCC TAX(s) of BSNL


from 01.04.2009 onwards.
The Industry Associations requested Honble
MoC&IT to intervene in this matter and issue
instructions to BSNL not to unilaterally
commence any coercive action for collection
such as disconnection of Interconnection or
encashment of Bank Guarantees.
E.

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A. On 19 September 2011, a joint industry letter


was submitted to Chairman, TRAI regarding
BSNLs circular on recovery of distance based
carriage charges in respect of intra circle
cellular calls handed over by private operators
at LDCC TAX(s) of BSNL from 01.04.2009
onwards.

The Industry Associations requested Chairman,


TRAI to intervene in this matter and issue
instructions to BSNL not to unilaterally
commence any coercive action for collection
such as disconnection of Interconnection or
encashment of Bank Guarantees

The industry associations requested TRAI to


kindly ensure that IUC Regulation 2009 issued
by TRAI is duly implemented by BSNL.
B.

On 16th September 2011, a joint industry


letter was submitted to Honble MOC & IT to
register the protest of the industry consequent
to media reports that the Minister has given
in-principal approval to the Draft National
Frequency Allocation Plan 2011.

F.

C. On 15th September 2011, a joint industry letter


was submitted to CMD, BSNL regarding
recovery of distance based carriage charges in
respect of intra circle cellular calls handed over
by private operators at LDCC TAX(s) of BSNL
from 01.04.2009 onwards.
The Industry Associations requested CMD
BSNL to kindly intervene in this matter and
issue instructions / directions to the circle
heads to abide by the TRAI Regulations and
withdraw all disconnection notices to the
operators to avoid any inconvenience that may
be caused to the subscribers of both the
networks
D. On 15th September 2011, a joint industry letter
was submitted to Honble MoC&IT regarding
recovery of distance based carriage charges in
respect of intra circle cellular calls handed over

On 15th September 2011, a joint industry letter


was submitted to Chairman, TRAI regarding
recovery of distance based carriage charges in
respect of intra circle cellular calls handed over
by private operators at LDCC TAX(s) of BSNL
from 01.04.2009 onwards.

On 14th September 2011, a joint industry letter


was submitted to Secretary (T), DOT regarding
recovery of distance based carriage charges in
respect of intra circle cellular calls handed over
by private operators at LDCC TAX(s) of BSNL
from 01.04.2009 onwards.
The Industry Associations requested Secretary
(T), DOT to intervene in this matter and issue
instructions to BSNL not to unilaterally
commence any coercive action for collection
such as disconnection of Interconnection or
encashment of Bank Guarantees.

VIII.

ACT LETTERS

A. On 1st September 2011, a joint industry letter


was submitted to Member (T), DOT regarding
Amendment to the UAS License agreement
regarding LI Capacity.
IX. MEETINGS
A. AUSPI MEETING
i. 14th Annual General Meeting of AUSPI was
held on 28th September 2011 at AUSPI Office.

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ii. AUSPI meeting with KPMG to brief TRAI


consultation paper on IMT was held on 8th
September 2011.
iii. 119th Executive Council Meeting of AUSPI was
held on 14th September 2011.
B. JOINT INDUSTRY MEETING / ACT MEETING
I)

Joint Industry Meeting to discuss the issue of


POI Disconnection by BSNL was held on 27th
September 2011.

II) A Joint Industry meeting with Honble Chief


Minister of Karnataka regarding BBMP Right of
Way issue was held on 26th September 2011.
III) ACT meeting with Hon'bleHomeMinisterand

DGP, J&K to discuss subscriber verification


issues was held on 24th September 2011.

IV) Joint Industry Meeting regarding TRAI


Direction on VAS was held on 20th September
2011.

IV) PTC
Seminar
"Ubiquitous
Broadband:
Overcoming the Roadblocks was held on 23rd
September 2011.
V) Voice&Data VAS 2011 Summit & Awards was
held on 23rd August 2011.
VI) FICCI Consultative Meeting on draft National
Competition Policy was held on 22nd
September 2011.
VII) Interactive Discussion on Rolling out of
Broadband Services of RailTel Corporation of
India was held on 20th September 2011.
VIII) First Meeting of CII Sub-Committee on
Content & VAS was held on 19th September
2011.
IX) 3rd Green Telecom India 2011 was held on 9th
September 2011.

X. UPCOMING EVENTS

V) Joint Industry Meeting with CMD BSNL to


Discuss Carriage Charges issue was held on
15th September 2011.

1st October 2011: TDSAT Seminar on


Regulatory Framework and Dispute Resolution
in Telecom, Broadcasting and Cable Services
Sectors at Chandigarh.

VI) Joint Industry Meeting to discuss the issue of


BSNL Carriage Charges issue was held on 12th
September 2011.

II) 4th October 2011: India IPv6 Task Force 2nd


Meeting of Oversight Committee in Sanchar
Bhawan.

VII) Joint Industry Meeting of Sub-Group on VAS


was held on 8th September 2011.

III) 12 19 October 2011: Working Party 5D


Study Group-5 (ITU-R) meeting at Goa.

C. OTHER IMPORT EVENTS

IV) 24th to 28th October 2011: ITU Telecom


World 2011 at Geneva.

I)

8th ASSOCHAM e-Governance Summit 2011


was held on Hotel Taj Mahal, New Delhi.

II) TRAI function to mark the coming to force of


The Telecom Commercial Communications
Customer Preference Regulation was held on
27th September 2011 at Hotel Ashoka.
III) 3G India 2011 International Conference was
held on 23rd September 2011.

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XI. TELECOM BYTES

# LIFE AFTER 100


No Mobile Phone user can send more than 100
text messages per SIM Card, per day from
September 27, 2011.
WHO SUFFERES?
The average mobile phone user with a fondness
for texting will bear the brunt of it.

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IMPLICATIONS
Students who prefer texting to calling as it is
cheaper; Individual professional, who needs to
stay on clients radars; Housewife sending out
party invites will be affected by the limit.
SOLUTIONS
Keep each message within the 160 character
limit.

Use Internet Based instant messaging services


on smartphones instead of sending SMSs.

Get a dual SIM phone to double daily


allowances of SMSs.
Source: Media

# WE

RISK LIFE USING MOBILE PHONES ON


ROADS
In a recent study conducted, it has found that
over half of the pedestrians risk their lives by
using a mobile phone while crossing a busy road.
Emailing and texting while navigating traffic has
turned more commonplace with 58% of men and
53% of women spotted in the activity.

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